Trevor Stephens, a student at M.A. Lynch Elementary School, is being featured this week as part of a statewide public education support campaign known as “The Promise of Oregon.”

The Promise campaign, which officially debuted in November 2014, aims to create public support for K-14 education, to help lift student achievement and graduation rates.

The Promise campaign also showcases districts whose cutting-edge programs are preparing students for careers and college. As districts implement the Student Success Act, passed in 2019, the campaign helps demonstrate to the public how schools are making a difference in the lives of Oregon’s young people. The act will invest about $1 billion annually in the state’s public schools.

Trevor is one of five students statewide who will be featured prominently on the campaign website, promiseoregon.org.

The website includes photos and videos of Oregon students who have completed the sentence beginning with: “I am the Promise of Oregon because…”

The “Promise” campaign is being coordinated by the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA). The campaign is based on two defining principles: 1) Today’s students are Oregon’s greatest natural resource. 2) We as Oregonians must invest in our public schools so the next generation can reach its potential.

“Oregonians consistently support investing in our young people, and the Student Success Act’s passage demonstrated that,” said Jim Green, OSBA’s executive director. “These students are amazing. They represent the future of Oregon, and our schools are creating their opportunities to succeed.”

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